The State Board of Education on April 11 recommended Ohio lawmakers create additional options for earning a high school diploma for students in the class of 2018. The options would be offered to Ohio students who entered the ninth grade for the first time between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.
Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, Lorain City School District Board President Tim Williams and Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer named five individuals to serve on the new academic distress commission that will carry out the statutory responsibilities supporting improvement and excellence in the Lorain City School District.
After more than two months of constructive discussion on Ohio’s graduation requirements for the class of 2018, Ohio’s Graduation Requirements Work Group has made recommendations to State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria. The superintendent will study them and take his final recommendation to the board in April. State Board of Education members will consider the proposal in future meetings.
Tests that students take each year serve a variety of purposes. Parents, teachers, schools, districts and the state use them to design instruction, understand student knowledge growth, measure teacher effectiveness and capture overall state and district performance. Some Ohio tests also serve to comply with federal requirements to help the federal government understand how our nation’s education system is performing.
For the third year, community organizations, faith- or values-based groups and businesses are being asked to partner to encourage one-on-one mentorship in Ohio’s schools and help give more students access to role models who can motivate and inspire them.